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Enhanced licenses setting sales pace

Sales of the new enhanced driver's licenses in Erie County are well ahead of other regions in the state, according to figures released today by Kathy Hochul, the county's clerk.

Since the enhanced licenses went on sale a month ago, Erie County's auto bureaus have sold about 1,400 of the documents, which means the county has sold 33 percent of all these licenses throughout the state.

The enhanced licenses provide residents with acceptable identification when crossing the international border.

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Funds transfer voted to fuel county fleet

The Erie County Legislature voted unanimously Friday in favor of transferring money to fuel the county's fleet of vehicles through the end of the year.

High prices had drained the fuel budget earlier than expected. County Executive Chris Collins had been pushing more than a week for the funding transfer, which was approved Tuesday by the Government Affairs Committee.

The money will come from cash collected from a lawsuit settled in the county's favor.

During Friday's brief special session, legislators also accepted delivery of the county executive's proposed 2009 budget, which was sent to the Finance, Management and Budget Committee for the annual review.

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